NODWIN Gaming has teamed up with Star Sports to broadcast the first ever BGMI (BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA) tournament on television. The company announced on its Twitter handle that for the first time in Indian esports history a BGMI tournament will be televised directly to the audience.
Esports in India has been gaining momentum since the last couple of years. Especially during the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020 the popularity of esports grew by leaps and bounds. During the lockdown which restricted people to their homes, many people started spending their time by playing online games.
Amidst all these PUBG Mobile became the most popular game for most people. However, the game was banned after sometime by the Indian government due to security concerns.
The developers rebranded and relaunched the game for the Indian market in 2021. Since, the PUBG Mobile community had a large player base in no time the blockbuster game gained a huge number of players.
In order to take the competitive scene to the next level, Krafton started organizing official tournaments for the game. These tournaments are a big deal for the entire BGMI community in India. For the players it’s about achieving fame and recognition and for the audience it’s about feeling the thrill of the competition.
Akshat Rathee, the co-founder and MD of NODWIN Gaming ecstatically posted on LinkedIn to announce the collaboration with Star Sports to televise a BGMI tournament in India for the first time.
Everything you need to know
The BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA (BGMI) Masters Series will start from June 24, 2022 and end on July 17, 2022. In total 24 teams will participate in the tournament which will be divided in three groups consisting of 8 teams.
As of yet, the NODWIN has not announced the name of the participating teams. After last year’s Battlegrounds Mobile Pro Series Season 1, this is the biggest esports tournament. The tournament which was won by Team Soul had a prize pool of INR 2 crore.
Where to watch
Viewers can watch the coveted tournament on the Star Sports 2 TV channel from June 24 between 08.30 pm and 11.30 pm (IST). The broadcast will be available in the languages of Hindi, English, and Tamil.
Viewers across the country will be able to enjoy the fun and thrill of exciting battle royale matches from the comfort of their home. The tournament will also be streamed digitally where it will have millions of viewers.
According to Akshat Rathee, NODWIN is aiming to add more viewers in Indian esports by making sure that the broadcast of the tournament reaches every nook and corner of the country. Rathee also said, ““Our aspiration is to change the behaviour of advertisers, big brands and parents, who feel very proud of the fact that their kids are now on national television. There is a value to being on Star Sports rather than on YouTube.”